About Lu'an Leaf (Liu'an Guapian)
If Longjing and Biluochun are the taste of early spring, then Lu’an Guapian, picked during the Grain Rain, is the taste of late springtime. It tastes very fresh, with a mellow and sweet aftertaste and a light chestnut aroma. Its sweet flavor can linger in the mouth and throat for a very long time, evoking a strong nostalgia for the end of spring.
Lu’an Guapian is produced in Yu’an district, Lu’an City, and in the Qitou Mountain area and the adjacent Jinzhai and Huoshan Villages in the Dabie Mountains. While other green teas use both leaves and buds, Lu'an Guapian is the only tea in the world that uses only leaves, with no stem or bud. The leaves are flat and have a narrow oval shape, like a melon seed.
In July 1971, a quantity of Lu’an Guapian was given as a national gift to the US Secretary of State.